Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

I recently made Chicken And Asparagus Risotto for our dinner. And let me tell you… it tasted GOOD. Lip-smackin’ GOOD. Creamy Arborio rice, chicken breast, Parmesan cheese, asparagus and mushrooms all come together in this flavor-filled, delicious meal! We loved it!Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I couldn’t get enough of this risotto! Even the leftovers for lunch the next day were wonderful! Did you know that risotto is made with Arborio rice, which is shorter and fatter than most grains of rice?  Arborio rice is almost exclusively used to make risotto, which is a Northern Italian classic dish of rice which has been cooked in broth or stock with other ingredients to a creamy consistency.  It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice, and let me tell you, risotto is DELICIOUS!

The recipe is pretty straightforward. If you do the prep work right at the beginning, then it is a breeze to put together.  I used some baked chicken leftovers, which also saved me some prep time!  Here’s how to make this delicious meal:

Do prep work first.  1)  Remove the woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Cut stalks into 2 inch pieces.  Place asparagus pieces into 1 inch of simmering water in skillet, and cook on medium high heat until asparagus is fork-tender, adding more water, if needed (about 10 minutes). Drain.  2) While cooking asparagus, in separate pan lightly sauté sliced mushrooms in 2 teaspoons butter until tender.  3) Cut and cook chicken into small bite sized pieces (boil, broil, grill OR use rotisserie chicken or  leftovers – I used leftover chicken from my recipe for Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken). See NOTES section of printable recipe for a quick way to cook chicken for this recipe.  Set aside cooked asparagus, mushrooms and chicken pieces.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Melt butter and olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add Arborio rice to onions; stir frequently and cook until rice begins to turn a light golden brown color.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add white wine. Let liquid come to a boil, then cook until it has been absorbed into rice.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pour 1 cup of chicken stock (or broth) into pan. Stir frequently, and keep heat at a medium simmer.  Continue cooking until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed, then add 1/4 cup more of the broth, stirring well.  Continue this process (rice absorbs liquid, add 1/4 cup more liquid) until all the broth is gone.  This will take between 20 and 25 minutes. (By adding the broth a little bit at a time then cooking until it has been absorbed, it allows the rice to get really creamy. Don’t rush this step!)

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After you’ve added the last portion of broth, but just before it is fully absorbed, add the cooked asparagus and mushrooms to the pan.  Continue cooking, letting liquid finish being absorbed into rice. When finished, rice should be creamy and tender.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Remove pan from the heat.  Add cooked chicken to rice.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese to rice. Stir to combine all ingredients.  Taste, and lightly season with salt and pepper.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Make sure everything is warm, then dish up and serve onto individual plates or bowls.  Garnish with finely grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh chives (or parsley), if desired.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Enjoy the flavors of creamy rice, chunks of chicken, Parmesan cheese, and the wonderful fresh asparagus in this dish. It truly tastes wonderful!  Sure hope you will consider trying this recipe. Have a great day!

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: http://www.thegratefulgirlcooks.com/mushroom-risotto-with-pan-seared-shrimp/

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto
 
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Creamy risotto with chicken, asparagus, Parmesan cheese and mushrooms is a delicious and filling "all in one" main dish!
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 3-4 servings
Ingredients
For Add-ins:
  • 6-8 asparagus stalks (woody ends discarded, cut into 2 inch pieces), cooked until crisp-tender.
  • 2 pre-cooked lightly seasoned chicken breasts (baked, boiled, grilled,rotisserie), cut in 1-2" cubes.
  • 8 oz. package sliced mushrooms, (sautéed in 2 teaspoons butter)
For risotto:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 cup Arborio rice (no substitutes)
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • 2½ cups chicken stock (or broth)
  • ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
For garnish:
  • Additional Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh chives, sliced thin (may substitute chopped parsley, if desired)
Directions
Do prep work first:
  1. Remove woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Cut remaining stalks into 2 inch pieces. Place asparagus pieces into 1 inch of simmering water in skillet, and cook on medium high heat until asparagus is fork-tender (about 10 minutes). Drain.
  2. While cooking asparagus, in separate pan lightly sauté sliced mushrooms in 2 teaspoons butter until tender.
  3. Cut and cook chicken into small bite sized pieces (boil, broil, grill OR use rotisserie chicken or leftovers. Set aside asparagus, mushrooms and cooked chicken.
To Prepare Risotto:
  1. Melt olive oil and butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add Arborio rice to onions; stir constantly and cook until rice turns a light golden brown color. Add white wine. Let the liquid come to a boil, then cook until it has been absorbed into rice.
  2. Pour 1 cup of chicken stock (or broth) into pan. Stir frequently, and keep heat at a medium simmer. Continue cooking until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed, then add ¼ cup more broth, stirring well. Continue this process (rice absorbs liquid, add ¼ cup more liquid) until all broth is gone. This will take between 20 and 25 minutes. (By adding the broth a little bit at a time then cooking until it has been absorbed, it allows the rice to get really creamy. Don't rush this step!)
  3. After you've added the last portion of broth, but just before it's fully absorbed, add cooked asparagus and mushrooms and stir. Continue cooking, letting liquid finish being absorbed into rice. When finished, rice should be tender.
  4. Remove pan from the heat. Add cooked chicken to rice. Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese to rice. Stir to combine all ingredients. Taste, and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  5. Make sure everything is warm, then serve onto individual plates or bowls. Garnish with additional finely grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh chives (or parsley), if desired. Enjoy!
Notes
If you do not have pre-cooked or leftover chicken, a quick way to get this done is to cut chicken breast into cubes, lightly season with salt and pepper, then quickly cook in a hot skillet (with a Tablespoon of olive oil) on medium-high heat. Will only take a few minutes.

 

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Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

If you or someone in your family had a great day fishing and you’re looking for a new recipe to cook all that fish, why not try this recipe for Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce?!Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
There are so many ways to cook trout. I decided to try this recipe I found on Pinterest, after my hubby bought trout at Costco. Ha Ha!  No fishing for him, except to fish through the seafood section, looking for fresh trout.  Once home, he had to fillet the fish, debone them and chop their little heads off for me— ugh. There are just some things I will NOT do.  You will need boneless trout fillets (with the skin on one side) for this recipe.

The method for preparing this recipe is simple. Here’s how to make the trout:

With the skin side down, lightly season the trout with salt and Italian seasoning (only on one side).  Heat olive oil on medium heat in a LARGE skillet until hot, but not smoking.  Add the trout fillets, skin side UP to the hot oil.  Cook fish for 4-5 minutes on medium, then carefully flip the fillets over to skin side DOWN. You might need to add a little bit more oil before turning them over (you don’t want them to stick to skillet).  Cook an additional 3-4 minutes.

Once fish is cooked, remove your skillet from the heat source, cover the skillet with a lid, and let trout rest for 5-10 minutes (leaving cover on).

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Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once the fish is done resting, carefully lift up each piece of fish and remove the skin from the bottom of the fish. It should peel off nicely.  Discard skin, and carefully place fillets on a piece of foil and keep warm.  Do not clean out the skillet (you want all the little tidbits and oils left in there!)

To the oils left in the skillet, add minced garlic, fresh lemon juice and white wine. Cook this for 1 minute on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat. Add butter and chopped fresh parsley. Stir to combine, and continue cooking on low until butter has melted.

Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once the butter has melted and the sauce is creamy, gently add the trout fillets back into skillet.  Spoon sauce over the top of the fish.   If necessary, reheat in skillet, until fish reaches serving temp (on low).

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Place trout onto individual serving plates.  Spoon a bit more sauce over fish, sprinkle with remaining chopped parsley for garnish… and serve!

Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it!  So now, whether you are fishing some of the great lakes we have in the United States OR fishing through the seafood counter at your local grocery store, you have a new way to prepare trout!  Have a great day!

Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://juliasalbum.com/2015/10/trout-with-garlic-lemon-butter-herb-sauce/

Trout In Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce
 
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Fresh trout fillets are pan-seared and served with a light Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • Trout fillets (3-4 medium sized fillets, with skin on bottom or 2 LARGE)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt (to generously season fish)
  • 1½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 Tablespoons white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (room temp)
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley (finely chopped), divided
Directions
  1. With skin side down, lightly season the trout with salt and Italian seasoning (only on one side). Heat olive oil on medium heat in a LARGE skillet until hot, but not smoking. Add trout fillets, skin side UP, flesh side DOWN to hot oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes on medium, then carefully flip fillets over to skin side DOWN. You might need to add a little bit more oil before turning them over (you don't want them to stick to skillet). Cook an additional 3-4 minutes. Once fish is cooked, remove skillet from the heat source, cover the skillet with a lid, and let trout rest for 5-10 minutes (leaving cover on).
  2. Once the fish is done resting, carefully lift up each piece of fish and remove the skin from the bottom of the fish. It should peel off easily. Discard skin, and carefully place fillets on a piece of foil and keep warm. Do not clean out the skillet (you want all the little tidbits and oils left in there!)
  3. To the oils left in the skillet, add minced garlic, fresh lemon juice and white wine. Cook this for 1 minute on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat. Add butter and 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley. Stir to combine, and continue cooking on low until butter has melted.
  4. Once the butter has melted and the sauce is creamy, gently add trout fillets back into skillet. Spoon sauce over the top of fish. If necessary, reheat in skillet, until fish reaches serving temp (on low).
  5. Place trout onto individual serving plates. Spoon a bit more sauce over fish, sprinkle with remaining chopped parsley for garnish... and serve!

 

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Mom’s Easy Chocolate Cake

When I was growing up, occasionally my Mom would sneak back into the kitchen after dinner (while we were watching TV or doing homework) and whip up a delicious chocolate cake from scratch for our family of 5 as a surprise.  We LOVED it! Today I want to share with you an old family favorite recipe for Mom’s Easy Chocolate Cake!Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Within a few minutes of the cake going into the oven, the smell coming out of our little kitchen would alert us to the surprise treat ahead for us! What a great memory!  We didn’t have a lot of money or a fancy home growing up, but my Mom sure could cook and make wonderful meals with items from our pantry.  I am grateful for the inspiration I have received from her, to this very day!

The cake is very simple to make… so is the easy frosting!  Instead of waiting for the cake to “cool down” after it was finished baking, Mom would poke holes in the cake when it came out of the oven, and pour/spread the creamy chocolate frosting all over the cake.  The frosting would drip down into the holes in the cake, so we had small tunnels of chocolate throughout our slices when we would eat it!  Oh boy… this is a GREAT tasting chocolate cake.  Here’s how to make it!

Cream together sugar, vegetable shortening and eggs, using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat well for 2-3 minutes.

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In a separate large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add dry, sifted ingredients to the wet ingredients, along with 1 cup of buttermilk.  Once blended, slowly pour in 3/4 cup of boiling water, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend on low until batter is fully mixed together.  Pour batter into a greased and floured 9×13 baking pan, and distribute batter evenly.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean..

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While cake is baking, make up the frosting. Melt butter in saucepan on low heat.  Add cocoa powder and mix well with a spoon.  Add salt, vanilla, and milk; mix well.  Add powdered sugar. Mix until frosting is not too thick, but “pourable”. Add additional milk to thin… add additional powdered sugar to thicken, as needed.

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When cake is done, remove from oven.  Let cake rest for 2-3 minutes, then poke holes all over surface of cake every couple inches (I use a chopstick!).  Pour chocolate frosting over surface of cake, and spread to cover.

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
When finished, it should look like this.  The frosting will be fairly “fluid” since the cake is still hot, so continue to spread frosting over the holes as they “re-appear” (as the frosting oozes down into the cake, the holes on top surface will open up again).

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Let the frosting firm up and the cake cool down!  Once cake is at room temperature, you can slice and serve it up!  It’s as simple as that! (By the way… in this picture the frosting looks darker than in previous photo. Don’t know what’s up with that… it IS the very same cake!).

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I have such vivid memories of this classic treat from my childhood… must be where I got my love of cake, right?  Ha Ha!  Hope you will give this easy, simple and delicious recipe a try!  The cake and frosting taste fantastic!  Thanks, Mom!

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: My Mom

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake
 
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Make this delicious chocolate cake and frosting from scratch in no time at all!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9x13 cake
Ingredients
For Cake:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable shortening
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
For Chocolate Frosting:
  • ¾ cube butter
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces powdered sugar (about ¾ of a one pound box)
  • ¼ to ½ cup milk (enough to make frosting pourable, but not too thin)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x13 cake pan.
To Prepare Cake:
  1. Cream together sugar, vegetable shortening and eggs, using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat well for 2-3 minutes.
  2. In a separate large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add dry, sifted ingredients to the wet ingredients, along with 1 cup of buttermilk, and mix well on LOW speed.
  3. Once blended, slowly pour in ¾ cup of boiling water, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend on low until batter is fully mixed together. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9x13 baking pan, and distribute batter evenly.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean.
To Make Frosting:
  1. While cake is baking, make frosting. Melt butter in saucepan on low heat. Add cocoa powder and mix well with a spoon. Add salt, vanilla, and milk; mix well. Add powdered sugar. Mix until frosting is not too thick, but "pourable". Add additional milk to thin... add additional powdered sugar to thicken, as needed.
  2. When cake is done, remove from oven. Let rest for 2-3 minutes, then poke holes over surface of cake every couple inches (I use a chopstick!). Pour frosting over surface of cake, and spread to cover. Let cake cool to room temperature, then slice and serve!

 

 

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How To Can Dried Beans

In an effort to stock up my canned foods pantry a couple yeas ago, I decided to learn how to can dried beans.  The process is fairly simple using a pressure canner, and now my pantry stays well stocked with canned black beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, and others!How To Can Dried Beans / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
As I said, you will need to have a Pressure Canner to be able to can beans safely.  I went straight to one of my Ball Blue Books-Guide To Preserving for my instructions (I love their books!).  Here’s how easy it is to can dried beans:

First thing you need to do is prepare the beans (the picture below is pinto beans).  Wash the dried beans under cool water then drain.   Place them in a large saucepan. Fill pan with water until beans are fully covered by 2 inches of water above beans.  Bring it to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove pan from the heat; let the beans soak uncovered for an hour.

After they have soaked for an hour, drain. Place drained beans back into a large saucepan, and add enough water to cover by two inches again. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a very low boil. Cover the saucepan and let beans cook for 30 minutes.

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While the beans are cooking, prepare the pressure canner, canning jars, lids and screw bands according to manufacturer instructions.  When beans are done cooking, pack the beans into prepared, hot jars. Leave 1 inch headspace in each jar.  Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to each jar.  Ladle the hot cooking liquid or clean boiling water over the beans, being sure to still leave a 1 inch headspace.  Remove air bubbles from each jar, then take a wet paper towel and make sure rims are clean. Center the flat lids on jars, then tighten screw bands to fingertip tight.

How To Can Dried Beans / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Put the filled jars onto rack and into pressure canner (which has 2-3 inches of simmering water).  Put the canner lid on and lock it into place, Turn heat to medium-high. Let the steam vent for 10 minutes, then put the weighted gauge over vent. Process beans at 10 pounds pressure. Pint jars are processed for 1 hour, 15 minutes. Quart jars are processed for 1 hour, 30 minutes.

How To Can Dried Beans / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
When processing time is completed, turn off heat and let the canner cool until it reaches zero pressure.  Wait 5 additional minutes, then carefully remove lid. Let the jars cool for 5-10 minutes, then carefully remove jars from canner using canning tongs. Place onto a dish towel (try not to place the jars directly onto kitchen counter. Variances in temperature could possibly cause jars to crack).  Let jars cool for 12 hours, then check to make sure they are properly sealed, then label and store in your pantry!

How To Can Dried Beans / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I’ve canned many jars of beans since learning how. It is very convenient to not have to run to the grocery store when I need beans,  I use the garbanzo beans for my homemade hummus, and have used the black and pinto beans in my homemade chili.  Hope you try canning your own beans, and enjoy stocking your pantry!

How To Can Dried Beans / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source:  “Ball Blue Book – Guide To Preserving”, copyright 2014, Hearthmark, LLC, page 111.

How To Can Dried Beans
 
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It's easy and economical to make canned beans using dried beans and a pressure canner!
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Recipe type: Canning
Serves: 6 pint jars or 3 quart jars
Ingredients
  • 6¾ pounds dried beans (kidney, garbanzo, black, pinto Great Northern or cranberry)
  • Water
  • Salt
Directions
  1. Wash dried beans under cool water, then drain. Place beans in a large saucepan. Fill pan with water until beans are fully covered by 2 inches of water (above beans). Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let beans soak uncovered for an hour.
  2. After beans have soaked an hour, drain. Place drained beans back into large saucepan; add enough water to cover by two inches again. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a very low boil. Cover the saucepan and let beans cook for 30 minutes.
  3. While the beans are cooking, prepare pressure canner, canning jars, lids and screw bands according to manufacturer instructions. When beans are done cooking, pack beans into prepared hot jars. Leave 1 inch headspace in each jar. Add ½ teaspoon salt to each jar. Ladle hot cooking liquid or clean boiling water over beans, being sure to leave a 1 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles from jars, then take a wet paper towel and make sure rims are clean. Center the flat lids on jars, then tighten screw bands to fingertip tight.
  4. Put filled jars onto rack and into pressure canner (which has 2-3 inches of simmering water). Put canner lid on, lock it into place, Turn heat to medium-high. Let the steam vent for 10 minutes, then put the weighted gauge over vent. Process beans at 10 pounds pressure. Pint jars are processed for 1 hour, 15 minutes. Quart jars are processed for 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  5. When processing time is completed, turn off heat and let canner cool until it reaches zero pressure. Wait 5 additional minutes, then carefully remove lid. Let the jars cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then carefully remove jars from canner using canning tongs. Place hot jars on a dish towel (don't put jars directly onto kitchen counter. Variances in temperature could cause jars to crack). Let jars cool for 12 hours, then check to make sure they are properly sealed, then label and store in your pantry!

 

 

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Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken

Anyone remember the catch-phrase “It’s Shake n’ Bake… and I helped!”?  I sure remember those TV commercials. I’d like to share with you a copycat version of how to make Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken, using ingredients you probably have in your kitchen already!Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The original mix was a packet you could buy to season chicken with.  Well, why not make it yourself, and save some money?  The mix is so easy to throw together, chicken pieces are coated with it, then baked until done. That’s it!  Here’s how to make this chicken dish:

Dry ingredients (flour, paprika, salt, garlic powder, thyme, and black pepper) are mixed in a small bowl  until combined. The mix, as written, will coat 8 pieces of chicken. Once mixed, place it in a gallon sized resealable bag.

Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I took the skin off the chicken (optional), and used chicken thighs and legs for this go-around.  Chicken pieces are dipped in milk first.

Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The chicken is placed (one piece at a time) into large resealable bag with dry ingredients. Close and shake until chicken is coated. Repeat milk, then shake/mix process for each piece.

Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spray a 13×9 inch baking sheet with non-stick spray.  Place coated chicken pieces onto pan,  leaving a bit of space between pieces..

Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake chicken in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes (a little longer if using large breasts).

Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, remove pan from oven.  If any of the mix is still “dry” on top of chicken, simply brush some of the pan drippings onto the mix and it should wet it enough for a uniform look.  Serve, and enjoy this delicious chicken with a side dish you enjoy!  It’s a completely SIMPLE and flavorful way to serve those you love a tasty dinner without a lot of fuss!

Have a wonderful day, and may God bless you!

Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: unknown (found on 3×5 index card written on years and years ago)

Homemade Shake And Bake Chicken
 
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Create a flavorful chicken entree using this quick and simple spice mixture.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
For Spice Mixture:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
For Chicken:
  • 8 pieces chicken (thighs and legs)
  • ½ cup milk
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine spice mix ingredients; stir well. Place into a plastic, gallon sized resealable bag.
  3. Dip one piece of chicken in milk at a time, and fully coat on all sides. Let excess drip off.
  4. Place piece of chicken into resealable bag with spice mix. Close top of bag and shake until chicken piece is completely coated. Place coated chicken onto a 13x9 inch baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  5. Repeat process for rest of chicken, leaving a bit of space between each piece on baking sheet.
  6. Bake chicken at 375 degrees for 40 minutes (a bit longer if using chicken breasts-bone in). When done, remove from oven, and serve immediately.

 

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Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi

What do you get when you combine chicken, fluffy Italian potato dumplings, Parmesan cheese sauce and spinach into an easy meal? This recipe for Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi, that’s what… a simple, yet absolutely delicious entree!  If you’re a Vegetarian, you can simply leave the chicken out and still enjoy this wonderful dish!Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I found the original recipe on Pinterest (where else?), and decided to fix it for dinner recently.  It was sooooo good!  The recipe serves 4, and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, from start to finish!  Talk about Italian comfort food! Whoa… the potato gnocchi are a classic Italian pasta, the chicken breast chunks provide protein, the creamy Parmesan sauce is amazing, and the fresh spinach used in the recipe would make even Popeye proud!

Here’s how simple this recipe is to prepare:  Cut 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. Lightly season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Heat olive oil in skillet on medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add chicken and cook 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked through.  Remove chicken from skillet; keep warm.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Prepare gnocchi according to package directions. Basically, you add them to boiling water, cook, and when they float to the surface they are done.  This typically takes only a few minutes.  Drain the gnocchi. Set aside. Place the empty pan back on the stove.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add butter to pan and heat on medium until melted. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring well.  Add flour; stir well to remove lumps and form a roux (thick paste). Cook and stir for 30 seconds, just to “cook out” the raw flour taste. Add milk slowly to roux; stir or whisk it well to remove any remaining lumps. Cook this for 2-3 minutes only until the sauce has begun to thicken.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
This is what the sauce will look like as it begins to thicken.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add chopped fresh spinach; stir well.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until the sauce has thickened and spinach has wilted.  Add Parmesan cheese, then cooked chicken into sauce. Stir well to combine.  Add a bit more milk if the sauce is too thick. (I added about 1/4 cup additional milk).  Taste sauce, then season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove the pan from the heat, and add cooked, drained gnocchi. Gently stir until all ingredients are combined.  If necessary, reheat through on low. Serve this dish immediately upon reaching desired heat.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I dished up the gnocchi onto individual serving plates, then garnished with grated Parmesan cheese (can never have too much Parmesan, right?). Serve, and enjoy this wonderful chicken dish! It’s creamy, has great flavor, and is delicious and filling!

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I really hope you will consider making this chicken recipe. I think you will be surprised at just how simple it is to make in such a short time.  Have a wonderful day… and be KIND as you journey through this 24 hours you’ve been given!

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From:  http://www.lifeasastrawberry.com/parmesan-spinach-gnocchi/

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder (to lightly season chicken)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi (found in pasta section)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • Additional salt/pepper and milk, if necessary
  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish, if desired)
Directions
  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Lightly season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat olive oil in skillet on medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add chicken and cook 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and keep warm.
  2. Prepare gnocchi according to pkg. directions (add to boiling water, cook, and when they float to surface they're done - 3-4 minutes). Drain gnocchi. Set aside. Place empty pan back on stove.
  3. Add butter to pan; heat on medium until melted. Add minced garlic; cook for 1 minute, stirring well. Add flour; whisk well to remove lumps and form a roux (thick paste). Cook and stir for 30-60 seconds to "cook out" flour taste. Add milk slowly to roux; stir well. Cook for 2-3 minutes only until sauce has begun to thicken.
  4. Add chopped spinach; stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes until sauce has thickened and spinach has wilted. Add Parmesan cheese, then add cooked chicken to sauce. Stir well. Add a bit more milk if sauce is too thick. Taste sauce; season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  5. Remove pan from heat; add cooked and drained gnocchi. Gently stir until all ingredients are combined. If necessary, reheat through on low. Serve immediately upon reaching desired heat.
  6. Serve, garnishing each portion with grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

 

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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza

Wouldn’t it be fun to receive an absolutely delicious Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza for a birthday surprise? I think it’s even more fun to GIVE one as a birthday surprise!Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I made the giant cookie pictured above as a birthday gift for a friend, placed it inside a pizza box, and hand delivered it right to their front doorstep (no tipping of the delivery driver necessary)!  It was fun honoring them in a unique way on their special day.

The cookie itself is very easy to make, and is baked on a traditional 12 inch pizza pan. Once baked and cooled, the pizza is then drizzled decoratively with semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate for the finishing touch. It really couldn’t be simpler, and once it is delivered in a pizza box, becomes a unique treat for a special friend or family member.  The cookie can be sliced into pie shaped wedges with a pizza cutter. Just remember… if your friend decides to eat the WHOLE cookie themself, they’re going to need a HUGE glass of milk!

Hope you try this recipe. It’s a fun and creative way to make a dessert cookie that actually serves between 10 and 12 people!  Make it a special occasion to remember!

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/06/27/chocolate-chip-cookie-pizza/

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza
 
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Make a delicious, pizza sized chocolate chip cookie for a special gift for that special someone!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10-14 servings
Ingredients
For Cookie Dough
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, room temp (1½ cubes)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed (light or dark brown sugar is okay)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
For Decorative Drizzle:
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening, divided (1 for semi-sweet, 1 for white chocolate)
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
Directions
To Make Cookie:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt together. Set bowl aside.
  3. Cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium speed until well combined (about 2 minutes). Add egg; beat for 1 minute on high. Add vanilla extract, and beat well to combine.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Slowly mix on low until they are fully combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Place the dough onto prepared pizza pan. Use a rubber spatula or your clean fingers to spread and flatten out the thick dough until the dough just about reaches the edges of pan.
  6. Bake cookie for 22-25 minutes. When done, the cookie should be lightly browned on top. If you want crispy edges on the cookie, let it bake a couple minutes longer. When done, remove pan to a wire rack and let cookie cool (still on the pan).
To Make Decorative Drizzle:
  1. Place semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in two separate bowls. Add 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening to each bowl. Microwave each on high for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. If necessary, heat additional 15 seconds, then stir, until smooth. Do not over cook as the chocolate can burn. Drizzle the chocolate over the cooled cookie in a decorative pattern. Let chocolate firm up on pizza before wrapping as a gift or slicing. For packaging, place cookie on parchment paper (cut to fit) and place cookie "pizza" inside a clean pizza box.
Notes
Dough can be prepared ahead of time. Prepare dough as directed. Wrap dough in plastic wrap then cover with foil. May be stored 3 days in fridge or up to 3 months in freezer. If freezing, thaw dough in fridge before placing/spreading onto pizza pan.

 

 

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English Muffins

Do you enjoy eating English Muffins for breakfast? We sure do, which is why I decided to learn how to make them several years ago, simply for the JOY of learning HOW they are made from scratch.English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I grew up eating English Muffins. Whenever my Mom would make them for breakfast, I would  toast and butter them, and then would spread one half with peanut butter and the other half with whatever jam pulled at my taste buds that particular morning! YUM.  Several years ago I decided I wanted to LEARN how to make them myself. Granted, it IS much quicker to pick them up at the grocery store and make them, but I wanted to know “how to make them” simply for the experience of learning!  The first time I made them (using this recipe), they turned out fantastic, so I have made them several times since, always with great results.  Here’s how you make them:

Place flour, sugar, yeast, salt and egg into the bowl of a stand mixer (place in large bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer), but do not stir.   In a separate saucepan, heat milk and butter on medium heat until a thermometer measures between 110 and 115 degrees, then remove pan from heat.  Pour the warm milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir only till wet dough forms.

Using a dough hook attachment for stand mixer, knead dough for 5 minutes until the dough pulls away from sides of bowl, and is smooth and soft.  If not using stand mixer, turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes by hand.

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Form the dough into a ball shape; put it into a large bowl that has been coated with non-stick spray (or oil). Turn the dough ball over so that oil has coated surface.  Cover the bowl (with plastic wrap or a couple dish towels), and let it sit on the counter for an hour so the dough can rise and double in size.

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once dough has risen, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a large griddle (or a couple large skillets) with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the griddle well with Semolina (or Farina). Punch down the dough and divide into 16 pieces, then shape each piece into a ball of dough.  Press each one down until it has a 3 inch diameter. Place dough balls onto griddle pan (with Semolina coating). You will want to keep about 1 inch between each piece, and may need to cook them in 2 separate batches. If cooking in batches, sprinkle a baking sheet with the Semolina, then place extras on it, then cover with parchment paper.

Turn temperature on griddle to 275 degrees (LOW). If using skillets, place on low heat on cooktop.  Cook the muffins for 7 to 15 minutes on first side (they need to be dark golden brown). Carefully turn over and cook other side for same amount of time.  If the muffins begin to puff up too much, put a piece of parchment paper on top and place a cookie sheet on top of the paper. This will act as a weight to prohibit them from rising too high during the cooking process (remember we’re cooking English muffins, NOT hamburger buns!).

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

You can test for doneness by inserting a thermometer (instant read) into the middle. It should read 200 degrees. Both sides should be a dark golden brown, as well.  If you find they are still not completely cooked through to the center, put the muffins onto a baking sheet and place them in the oven (which is still heated to 350 degrees) and cook them for another 10 minutes.

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, let the muffins completely cool.  Use a fork inserted into the middle and reinserted around the edges to gently open up the muffin.  By using a fork to do this, you will see a lot more “nooks and crannies” (in the words of the original author).  The nooks and crannies are a great way to hold all that butter once lightly toasted!

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I still like them with jam!  That’s probably my favorite way to eat English muffins!

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While it takes a while to make these from scratch, I hope you will consider at least trying this recipe. It’s always fun to learn something new each day… maybe today is the day you learn how to make English muffins!  Have a wonderful day, and may God bless you in all you do.

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://www.girlversusdough.com/2014/04/28/english-muffins/

English Muffins
 
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Serves: 16 muffins
Ingredients
  • 4½ cups bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast (1 packet)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1¾ cups milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Semolina (or Farina), to sprinkle on griddle
Directions
  1. Place flour, sugar, yeast, salt and egg into the bowl of a stand mixer (place in large bowl if you don't have a stand mixer), but do not stir. In a separate saucepan, heat milk and butter on medium heat until a thermometer measures between 110 and 115 degrees, then remove pan from heat. Pour the warm milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir only till wet dough forms.
  2. Using a dough hook attachment for stand mixer, knead dough for 5 minutes until the dough pulls away from sides of bowl, and is smooth and soft. If not using stand mixer, turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes by hand.
  3. Form the dough into a ball shape; put it into a large bowl that has been coated with non-stick spray (or oil). Turn the dough ball over so that oil has coated surface. Cover the bowl (with plastic wrap or a couple dish towels), and let it sit on the counter for an hour so the dough can rise and double in size.
  4. Once dough has risen, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large griddle (or a couple large skillets) with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the griddle well with Semolina (or Farina). Punch down the dough and divide into 16 pieces, then shape each piece into a ball of dough. Press each one down until it has a 3 inch diameter. Place dough balls onto griddle pan (with Semolina coating). You will want to keep about 1 inch between each piece, and may need to cook them in 2 separate batches. If cooking in batches, sprinkle a baking sheet with the Semolina, then place extras on it, then cover with parchment paper.
  5. Turn temperature on griddle to 275 degrees (LOW). If using skillets, place on low heat on cooktop. Cook the muffins for 7 to 15 minutes on first side (they need to be dark golden brown). Carefully turn over and cook other side for same amount of time. If the muffins begin to puff up too much, put a piece of parchment paper on top and place a cookie sheet on top of the paper. This will act as a weight to prohibit them from rising too high during the cooking process.
  6. You can test for doneness by inserting a thermometer (instant read) into the middle. It should read 200 degrees. Both sides should be a dark golden brown, as well. If you find they are still not completely cooked through to the center, put the muffins onto a baking sheet and place them in the oven (which is still heated to 350 degrees) and cook them for another 10 minutes.
  7. When done, let the muffins completely cool. Use a fork inserted into the middle and reinserted around the edges to gently open up the muffin. Toast, and enjoy!

 

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Looking for a delicious recipe for Carrot Cake Muffins?  Well, I’ve got just the one for you!  These amazing muffins have a cinnamon streusel topping and also have a cream cheese  filling inside, so when you bite into them there’s an extra surprise.Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I found this recipe on Pinterest several months ago and finally got around to fix these muffins recently.  The muffins are moist, and the cream cheese filling inside was a wonderful surprise, and the streusel topping has a nice crunch!  There are a few simple steps to making these, but the easiest way is to get everything (streusel topping, cheese filling, glaze, etc). prepped before beginning.  Here’s how to make these really yummy muffins:

Before beginning, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Place paper liners into a standard sized muffin pan.  Set aside.

Prepare the cream cheese filling by mixing cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside.

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Prepare the streusel topping by combining flour, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix together using a fork until mixture is crumbly.  Set aside.

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Prepare the muffin batter by combining flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk ingredients together.

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
In separate bowl, combine eggs, water and vegetable oil. Mix well, then add to dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add grated carrots to the batter and stir to incorporate them into batter.

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place a small amount (approx. 1-2 Tablespoons) of batter into bottom of each paper-lined cup (just enough to cover bottom).

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Place a large Tablespoon of cream cheese filling into the middle of each cup, then cover with more batter. I used a small dookie dough scoop, but forgot to take a pic with the cream cheese filling showing… sorry!). You want the muffin cups to be about 3/4 of the way full when done.

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Evenly divide the streusel topping over the top of each muffin. I used my fingers to mound it on and cover the surface.  Be sure to use all the topping!

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place the muffins into a preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick stuck into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.  Take the muffin pan out of the oven. Let the muffins cool down for 5-10 minutes in the pan, before carefully removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Aren’t they cute?

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While muffins are cooling, make up a simple glaze by mixing powdered sugar, water, and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth.  When muffins have completely cooled, drizzle the glaze decoratively over the top of each muffin.  Let glaze firm up, then muffins are ready to eat! (***Tip: To help with cleanup, I place a piece of wax paper or foil UNDER the wire rack holding the muffins BEFORE I drizzle them with glaze).

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it!  See the surprise cream cheese filling that is in the middle of the muffin when you bite or cut into it? YUM.  It makes these muffins absolutely PERFECT!!!

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We’ve been enjoying these breakfast muffins for several days now. I will definitely be making them again. Yes… they are THAT good!  If you enjoy carrot cake, you will LOVE these muffins.

I started my day out by taking our little puppy (7 month old Corgi) on a 2 mile walk in the fog and cold morning air. I am extremely grateful for no rain this morning (we’re a bit waterlogged – we’ve already had the most rain of any February on record in Oregon… ugh!). Hope you have a great day, friends.  Make each minute count – make a difference in someone’s life!

Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From:  http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/carrot-cake-muffins-with-cheesecake-filling/

Carrot Cake Muffins
 
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Delicious carrot cake muffins with a surprise cream cheese filling inside and streusel on top!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 dozen
Ingredients
For Muffin Batter:
  • 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup grated carrots (approx. 2-3 med. carrots)
For Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
For The Streusel Topping:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted (1 cube)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
For Glaze Drizzle:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons warm water (add a couple drops if too thick)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place paper liners into a standard sized muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. Prepare cream cheese filling by mixing cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Prepare streusel topping by combining flour, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix together with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
  4. Prepare muffin batter by combining flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk ingredients together. In separate bowl, combine eggs, water and vegetable oil. Mix well, then add to dry ingredients and stir. Add grated carrots; stir to incorporate them into batter.
  5. Place a small amount (approx. 1-2 Tablespoons) of batter into bottom of each paper-lined cup, just enough to cover bottom. Place a large Tablespoon of cream cheese filling into middle of each cup, then cover with more batter. Muffin cups should be ¾ of the way full. Divide streusel topping over top of each muffin. Use fingers to mound streusel and cover surface.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven, until golden brown and a toothpick stuck into middle of a muffin comes out clean. Remove pan from oven. Let muffins cool for 5-10 minutes in pan, then remove them to wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. While muffins are cooling, make glaze by mixing powdered sugar, water, and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. When muffins have completely cooled, drizzle glaze over top of muffin. Let glaze firm up, then muffins are ready to eat! (***Tip: To help with cleanup, place wax paper or foil UNDER the wire rack holding the muffins BEFORE drizzling with glaze).

 

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions

Ever have leftover pork roast or pork tenderloin and wonder what you can do to use it up creatively?  Recently I had leftover pork from dinner, so I made a Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions for lunch!  It tasted wonderful!Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I enjoy having leftovers in the fridge, unlike my little sister who hates having them around. I think it’s awesome when you can cook once, then take some of the leftovers and “morph” them into a completely different meal.  That was how this sandwich came into existence.  I was looking for something in our refrigerator for lunch, but didn’t want to have leftover pork… unless I could transform it into something else!  I put my thinking cap on and came up with the idea for this sandwich!  Here’s how to make it:

Sliced onions are cooked slowly in a skillet with a bit of olive oil for several minutes, until they have browned and caramelized.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Melt butter in a skillet on medium-low heat.  Butter one side of a large piece of sourdough bread and place it butter side DOWN in skillet. Generously layer it with thin slices of leftover cooked pork tenderloin. If necessary, lightly season pork with salt and pepper.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Spread the caramelized onions on top of the pork slices.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Spread a thin layer of sliced mozzarella (or grated) on top of the onions.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Butter one side of the other pieces of sourdough bread, and place them on top of the sandwich, butter side UP.  Cook on medium-low until bottom side has lightly browned.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Carefully turn sandwich over (think grilled cheese sandwich here).  See how nice and golden brown the bread is now? Continue cooking slowly until cheese has melted and sandwich is heated through (low and slow!).

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When sandwich is done cooking, remove from skillet.  Carefully cut sandwich in half… and enjoy!  The tender pork slices, crunchy buttery sourdough bread, gooey melted mozzarella cheese and the slight sweetness of the caramelized onions really make this sandwich special.  It is very filling, so if you don’t want to eat a whole sandwich, you can get 4 servings out of the deal.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you will consider creating a sandwich like this when you have leftover pork roast or tenderloin!  The sandwich was very good!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions
 
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Grilled sourdough sandwich featuring pork tenderloin slices, mozzarella cheese and caramelized onions.
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Sandwich
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 large slices sourdough bread
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (for skillet)
  • enough butter to spread on bread (for grilling)
  • 8-10 thin slices precooked pork tenderloin (enough to cover each sandwich)
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • thin slices mozzarella cheese (enough to cover sandwich)
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Add sliced onions; cook slowly, stirring occasionally, for several minutes, until they have browned and caramelized.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet on medium-low heat. For each sandwich, butter one side of bread and place it butter side DOWN in skillet.
  3. Cover bread with thin slices of leftover cooked pork tenderloin. Lightly season pork with salt and pepper.
  4. Divide and spread caramelized onions on top of pork.
  5. Spread a thin layer of sliced mozzarella (or grated) on top of onions.
  6. Butter one side of remaining pieces of sourdough bread, and place on top of the sandwich, butter side UP. Cook on medium-low until bottom side has lightly browned.Carefully turn sandwich over. Continue cooking slowly until cheese has melted and sandwich is heated through (low and slow!).
  7. When sandwiches are done cooking, remove from skillet. Cut sandwich in half... and enjoy!

 

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